Active Learning Online
General and Multigenre
EServer:Accessible Online Publishing at Iowa State University links to full texts of works in various genres and fields, including drama, fiction, and poetry works, commentary, and criticism.
Humbul Humanities Web at Oxford University offers several portals for literature, linguistics, and language resources.
Hyperizons links to hypertext fiction authors include Carolyn Guyer, Stuart Moulthrop, and Michael Joyce as well as less well-known authors.
Internet Public Library Online Literary Criticism from the University of Michigan offers a browsable index by author, title, nation, and literary period.
Literary Resources on the Net is maintained by Jack Lynch of Rutgers, updated regularly, and classified by topic, time period, or nationality. The annotations within the categories are helpful, and his recommendations are reliable. Sites include archives of scholarship, facsimiles of rare editions, critiques, commentaries, full texts, excerpts—a wealth of digitized work.
Literary Resources-Hypertext is a gateway within Lynch's Literary Resources on the Net site. Here's a good starting point for exploring literary hypertexts as well as theories about hypertext, including hypertexts on hypertext.
Project Gutenberg is the twenty-year project to make as many texts as possible as widely available as possible by volunteers digitizing out-of-copyright works.
Voice of the Shuttle by Alan Liu at University of California Santa Barbara is an excellent starting place for all humanities research.
VirtualLit offers tutorials from Bedford St. Martin.
Academy of American Poets features poetry news and discussions, prizes, publications, and resources. Hear Wallace Stevens read "The Idea of Order at Key West" or Langston Hughes read "The Negro Dreams of Rivers."
The Poetry Archive is a British site that collects recordings of many poets reading their own works. You will need RealPlayer to listen.
Electronic Poetry Center links to authors' home pages (okay, James Joyce probably didn't know any HTML, but the EPC has made him a page), old and new poetry, journals and magazines, and other online poetry sites. Tour their Poetics link, and view hypermedia poetics at e-poetry.
PennSound is a project at the University of Pennsylvania "committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives"—a good way to get to know some contemporary poets in their own voices.
Internet Poetry Archive at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill features selected contemporary poets and selected texts accompanied by audio.
Poems That Go offers "intersections between motion, sound, images, text, and code....how language is shaped in new media spaces, how interactivity can change the meaning...."
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Poetry and Song explores the "relationship between the written word and song....[with] writer and keyboardist Bill Payne from the group Little Feat..."
Interactive Poetry (and Drawing)
Kurzweil CyberArt Technologies site with a free downloadable poetry generator and The Age of Intelligent Machines: "A (Kind of) Turing Test"
Fiction and Drama
The General and Multigenre listings above are good resources for fiction and drama.
Reading and Writing about Literature
Reading and Writing about Fiction: a few notes to complement your textbook
Reading and Writing about Poetry: a few notes to complement your textbook
Art and New Media: motion studies, digital dance, unusual instruments
Allusion, Artistry, and the Fall of Icarus: an outdated attempt that focuses on W. H. Auden's "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus," Breughel's paintings, and understanding literary allusions
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